FM urges world to play role in resolving Palestine, Kashmir disputes

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FM urges world to play role in resolving Palestine, Kashmir disputes

ISLAMABAD-Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called upon international community to take cognizance of the situation and play an active role in resolving the outstanding disputes of Palestine and Kashmir, in accordance with international law, relevant UN Resolutions, and aspirations of these two peoples.

He was speaking at an open-ended Extraordinary Virtual meeting of OIC Executive Committee at the Level of Foreign Ministers, on ‘threats of Israeli occupation government to annex parts of State of Palestine’s territory occupied in 1967’.

While reaffirming solidarity with people of Palestine, he reiterated Pakistan's call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

The Foreign Minister underscored the similar nature of freedom struggles in Palestine and occupied Kashmir, the longest standing issues on the UN and OIC agenda, which are premised on the inalienable right of self-determination of their respective peoples.

He said the people of Occupied Kashmir continue to face inhuman lockdown, military siege, communication blockade and unprecedented restrictions, following India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August last year.

He said these draconian measures have worsened the human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir.